Meet the Planets

Meet the Planets

Meet the Planets

Ages:1st - 3rd grade

Our Sun is a star that harbors a solar system full of planets, dwarf planets, and more. On this trip through the Solar System, students will learn how the Sun influences the planets and affects the water cycle on Earth. They also will watch the planets revolve around the Sun and see how Earth’s rotation causes the changes between night and day. From the nighttime side of Earth, observe the constellations visible on the night of your visit, and learn how to distinguish planets from stars. Visit each planet, discuss their characteristics in depth, and observe the changing phases of the Moon.

Teacher Resources

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New York State Science Learning Standards this program covers for 1st – 3rd grade.

Printable vocabulary list with terms used during the program.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about the planets in our Solar System.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about the differences between asteroids, meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, and comets.

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